A Ceremony to Officially Handover the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory Equipment to UMaT Held

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A Group Picture of the DESMI and UMaT Teams
A Group Picture of the DESMI and UMaT Teams

A ceremony has been held at the Office of the Vice Chancellor to officially handover the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory Equipment to the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa. The ceremony which was termed the Technical Handing over was witnessed by a team from DESMI Contracting, the Chief Adviser (International) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the University.  

The Registrar of UMaT, Mr A. K. Doku introduced the UMaT team present whilst Mr Erling Pakula, the Managing Director of DESMI Contracting introduced the DESMI Project team. Also present was Mr Bjarne Lading Rasmussen, the Chief Adviser (International) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Representing the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma welcomed the team to the University and informed them that the meeting was very dear to the heart of the University because of the importance of the project.

Responding, Mr Erling Pakula indicated that although they were technically handing over the equipment to the University, they would be available to assist in resolving any outstanding issues relating to the project even after the handing over ceremony. According to him, the contract made room for a one year warranty after the technical handing over had been done. The warranty period was to run from Tuesday 5th February 2019 at 1:00 p.m. and expire on 5th February, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. He expressed happiness for how far they had come, despite some initial challenges they faced. He indicated that the handing over ceremony included inspection of the facilities and final signing of the handing over documents. The handover document contained 9 certificates including the Water Quality and Environmental Health Laboratory, the Waste Water Analysis, the Soil and Rock Mechanics Laboratory, the Analytical Chemistry/Laboratory, the Mobile Laboratory, the Geophysical Testing Equipment, the Teaching Aid Equipment, the Technical Training Programme and some Miscellaneous  Services. There was, however, a list of some minor outstanding works which they agreed to tackle as soon as possible.

The MD of DESMI Exchanging the Signed Documents with The Vice Chancellor
The MD of DESMI Exchanging the Signed Documents with The Vice Chancellor

At this juncture, the Vice Chancellor requested Prof Newton Amegbey, the Director of Laboratories of the University to give an account of some difficulties with regards to the Trailers. According to Prof Amegbey, the issues had to do with the frames of the trailers which were seen not to be solid enough because of the bad nature of the roads in the Tarkwa area. He further stated that his office requested for the drawings of the trailers and according to him, after studying and assessing the drawings, they were found to be acceptable. It was therefore no more an outstanding issue.

Mr Erling Pakula thanked the Vice Chancellor for giving them the opportunity to be of service to the University and promised that their Local Technical Team would continue to provide support when the need arose. Mr Bjarne Lading Rasmussen, the Chief Adviser (International) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the representative of DANIDA advised the University to take proper care of the equipment since according to him, they were so delicate that they needed to be maintained properly and emphasised that the equipment must be kept as clean as possible.

A Technician Explaining the Function of some of the Equipment to the VC and other Team Members
A Technician Explaining the Function of some of the Equipment to the VC and other Team Members

The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma on his part thanked the team for their patience for the challenges they went through during the process of acquiring the equipment. Prof Kuma was hopeful that the equipment would make the University more visible going forward. He said further that the University was excited that the process which started in 2009 and the formal contract haven been signed in 2016, was seeing the light of day. He also thanked the Director of Laboratories of the University for working hard to see to the finality of the project.

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office

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